J. Cliff McKinney II


McKinney II, J Cliff





Managing Member

Real Estate, Green Building, Land Use and Business Transactions

Cliff McKinney is a transactional attorney at Quattlebaum, Grooms, & Tull PLLC. He has dedicated the majority of his career to the practice of real estate law, obtaining a level of education, skill, and experience in this area matched by few others which enables him to deliver an exceptional level of service to his clients. Mr. McKinney has been recognized by Chambers USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Real Estate and selected as a Mid-South Rising Star in the area of Real Estate by Super Lawyers.

Mr. McKinney's primary focus is the development of commercial property, and he also has experience on real estate-related litigation matters. In addition to working on the transactional aspects of a project, he assists clients with financing, business organization, environmental, and land use issues. Mr. McKinney has served as lead counsel on dozens of multi-million dollar transactions throughout the mid-South region. His projects include the largest real estate transaction in the corporate history of a major global retailer.

Mr. McKinney has dedicated significant time developing skills to assist clients in navigating the regulatory approval process. He has undergone advanced training on Section 106 Compliance, which is the regulatory framework for dealing with culturally significant properties that could be adversely impacted by real estate development, and his experience includes the successful representation of a National Historic Landmark in a major utility routing case.

Mr. McKinney was the first attorney in the State of Arkansas to obtain the status of LEED® Accredited Professional, which affords him the unique ability to assist clients with environmentally-friendly green building projects. Mr. McKinney is active in the U.S. Green Building Council Arkansas Chapter and served as the association's Secretary and Treasurer. Mr. McKinney also served on the Arkansas General Assembly's Legislative Task Force on Sustainable Building Design and Practices.

Mr. McKinney attended the University of Arkansas where he obtained his Juris Doctor (cum laude) and a Master of Public Administration degree, which gives him insight into the administrative workings of the governmental entities that regulate real estate development. His focus on real estate began while he was a student at Southern Methodist University earning a Master of Laws degree emphasizing real estate. Prior to law school, Mr. McKinney was a National Merit Scholar at Baylor University. He is licensed to practice law in Arkansas (2002, highest score), Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Mr. McKinney was elected Chair of the Real Estate Law Section of the Arkansas Bar Association for four consecutive terms. In that capacity, he spearheaded the creation of the Arkansas Real Estate Review and currently serves as one of its editors. Mr. McKinney has also been active in the legislative process through this role and his service on the Arkansas Bar Association's Jurisprudence and Law Reform Committee. He has testified before the Arkansas General Assembly on many occasions and been involved in drafting and vetting real estate-related legislation. Mr. McKinney chaired the committee for the third edition of the Standards for Examination of Real Estate Titles in Arkansas. His service to the Arkansas Bar Association also includes chairing the 2011 Annual Meeting (which set a record attendance of over 1500 people), co-chairing the 2010 Mid-Year Meeting, serving in the House of Delegates, and serving as Chair of the Young Lawyers Section.  

Mr. McKinney is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law where he teaches Real Estate Finance and Real Estate Transaction Skills.  Mr. McKinney served as Board Chairman of Arkansas Rice Depot, a statewide foodbank, from 2008 – 2009, and remains active in the organization. Mr. McKinney is also a member of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of Pulaski County and served on the board of directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas.


Southern Methodist University (LL.M., emphasizing Real Estate Financing, 2003)
University of Arkansas School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2002)
University of Arkansas (M.P.A., 2002)
Baylor University (B.A., 1999)

Associations and Affiliations

American Bar Association
Arkansas Bar Association (Chair, Real Estate Law Section 2006 – 2010; House of 
      Delegates 2012 – 2015; Leadership Academy 2012 – 2013; Chair, Young Lawyers 
      Section 2013 – 2014)
Pulaski County Bar Association
Mississippi Bar Association
State Bar of Texas
International Council of Shopping Centers and Christian Legal Society

Civic Activities

Arkansas Rice Depot, Board of Directors, 2005 – Present (Chair, 2008 – 2009)
Habitat for Humanity of Pulaski County Board of Directors, 2010 – present
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas Board of Directors, 2012 – 2014
U. S. Green Building Council – Arkansas Chapter (Board of Directors, 2010 – 2013:
    Secretary/Treasurer, 2010 – 2013)

Publications (Partial List):

Arkansas, in Implementing Institutional Controls at Brownfields and Other Contaminated Sites 223 (Amy L. Edwards ed., American Bar Association 2012).

Chair, Standards for Examination of Real Estate Titles in Arkansas (3rd edition).

Editor, Arkansas Real Estate Review, a Publication of the Arkansas Bar Association (2007 – Present).

Adverse Possession and Boundary by Acquiescence in Arkansas: Some Suggestions for Reform, with Prof. Lynn Foster, 33 U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 199 (2011).

Deed Covenants of Title and the Preparation of Deeds: Theory, Law, and Practice in Arkansas, with Prof. Lynn Foster, 34 U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 53 (2011).

Are You Trying to Imply Something?: Understanding the Various State Approaches to Implied Covenants of Continuous Operation in Commercial Leases, 31 UALR L. Rev. 427 (2009).

Factoring the Ambiguity: A Futile Attempt to Understand the Ambiguous Nature of the Integration Doctrine's Five Factor Test, 31 SECURITIES REGULATION LAW JOURNAL 337 (2003).

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